Coloring Outside the Lines – Again

I’m not sure what’s causing it but I’m witnessing an outbreak of creativity. Rob is a CEO of a successful small business. He’s been trying his hand at drawing and recently finished the first chapter of an outlined novel.

Nancy is a very busy head of a private school. Yet, she has found the time to take up the cello. She hopes to play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star with her grade school band at the spring concert.

Megan tells me how creativity is easy, valuable and enjoyable and learning for her happens in games, colors, building blocks, words, puppets, pictures and notes of music. As a result, her world is always evolving and work is never work.

A Fortune 500 C-Level executive has taken up photography – of birds. An entrepreneur with at least 10 start-ups in his resume is writing a history of his home town. And, two successful sales and marketing people I know have decided to learn Adobe Photoshop and InDesign so they can “play” with their own photos and websites.

What’s going on? A curmudgeon might say that the economy is so bad they have a lot of free time. But, that isn’t what is happening. All of these people I mention are very busy – just like you. But, they have decided to make time to use their creativity. And, their businesses are doing better than most.

Why is it when we read about great singers or musicians like Tony Bennett or Michael Cartellone who also become fine painters we tell ourselves it must be great to be so creative – and we never give ourselves credit for also being creative? Why do so many of us resist letting go and coloring outside the lines like we did as kids? Creativity lives in all of us. Quit keeping yours locked up.

Start with these books to learn how and why you should unlock the door. A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future by Daniel Pink. Or, Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative by Ken Robinson. Buy Hugh MacLeod’s new book Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity. It won’t be out until June but you can preorder it now.

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